May 20, 2016 Subject:
Remarkable sound considering the date recorded, What a marvelous tune also! I imagine this rag played in many of the old silent film comedies.. Thank you!
November 25, 2008 Subject:
Fast Xylophone rag
If you like Harry Breuer's "Mallet Magic", this is of the type. Good (and speedy) xylophone playing, but this "oompah-oompah" backup band isn't supporting the soloist quite so well as HB's band did. Not bad though.
July 22, 2008 Subject:
Seems Artist Is Correct, Year Is Incorrect
March 9, 2008 Subject:
Is this really Reitz?
The notes indicate that the source of this recording is Victor 16678. If that is so, then the artist is not William Reitz, but Chris Chapman (another early recording xylophonist), and the recording was made on July 15, 1908, not in 1922. Chapman, who played a glass xylophone, was accompanied by the Victor Orchestra. Regardless, it is a fine rendition of this 1906 rag, which was one of the few ragtime compositions that entered country music tradition, with recordings by such artists as Dr. Humphrey Bates and His Possum Hunters, the Kessinger Brothers, the Texas Night Hawks (as “Crazy Rag”), the East Texas Serenaders (as “Three-in-One Two Step”), Smith’s Garage Fiddle Band, the Corn Cob Crushers and the Swift Jewel Cowboys.
July 14, 2005 Subject:
I plan to give very few 5 stars. This one was close.